One Fallout 4 fan creates a mod that brings changes to the environment of Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG, by adding all four seasons of the year to the game.
Whether winter, spring, summer, or fall, thanks to modder GameDuchess, Fallout 4 fans can now experience nature in all of its seasonal glories courtesy of a recent mod called “Fallout 4 Seasons – Grass – Trees – Plants – Snow”. Should players install the visual and graphics packages, the Wasteland will not only continue its day and night cycle, but it will also update Fallout 4‘s landscapes with freshly growing foliage, bright autumnal colors with changing leaves, and snow-swept scenery as the plants slumber in hibernation.
Before installing GameDuchess’ wonderful creation, fans can get a glimpse of the mod in action courtesy of some compilation footage by YouTuber hodilton. Check out the video below for a taste of what it will be like for the Boston Commonwealth to have actual shifts in weather patterns.
Per the mod’s description, its textures range from standard visuals to 4K, so GameDuchess warns Fallout 4 fans that using it may experience drops in frame-rate depending on players’ hardware. However, the modder promises optimization as time progresses. That said, those with pre-existing graphics complaints about the game might do well to avoid the mod altogether, as it could further flag the title’s FPS.
Although the seasons mod is decidedly impressive, it won’t be able to automatically change from spring to summer, and then autumn to winter just yet, as users will have to manually make the switches happen themselves. GameDuchess explained that the feature of cyclical seasons will hopefully be added once Bethesda releases the official Creation kit mod tools sometime this year. We’ve already seen several changes occur within the title due to Fallout 4‘s in-game calendar dictating events and celebrations with holiday-themed Easter eggs in the spirit of Christmas and Halloween, so once the seasons mod is able to work in tandem with those dates, its effects will be even more spectacular.
According to GameDuchess, the mod was inspired by modern day Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl, as each location’s natural environments started to thrive during post-nuclear destruction. Regarding the matter, the modder wrote, “Those places are extremely green and growing, with nature and animals there as much if not more than they were before the atomic bombs went off. And it’s been far less than 200 years.”
Of course, this isn’t first beautification project to hit Fallout 4. About a month ago, modder Printerkop crafted the “Commonwealth HQ Landscape Overhaul WIP”, a mod that provides a better landscape for the game, giving more diversity to the Wasteland’s appearance and terrain with aspects like different soil types, rock patterns, and higher detailed footprints. Should players couple Printerkop’s creation with GameDuchess’, they’ll be building on Bethesda’s already solid effort at providing decent display lighting and weather dynamics, and will likely have an even more enjoyable, and realistic experience with the game overall.
Fallout 4 is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.